Following an armed-intruder scare on LSU’s campus Tuesday that proved to be a false alarm, emergency preparedness systems at state universities were put to the test.
UL-Lafayette has an emergency notification system that all students and faculty can sign up for to receive direct information in the case of an active emergency. With school starting Monday, UL suggests all students sign up for ens before the start of classes.
Once a semester the university runs a test of there emergency notification system and Joey Pons, the Director of Risk Management at UL says, “if the need for us to notify our campus community is within minutes or seconds, or as fast as possible then this is the best way to do it.”
In the case of an active emergency like sever weather or an active shooter, ENS is the best and most efficient way the university can send out information continued Pons, “they can log on to a website and then they can issue the message in a matter of seconds.”
Certain personnel on campus like ULPD and people in the risk management department can easily log on and send a message to the entire UL community warning them of an on going-unsafe situation. “It’s better to be safe. We want to make sure that if until we can deem that it is absolutely a false alarm or something that is not a threat, then we treat it as though it is a threat” Pons explains when the university decides to send a message.
Students can control their ENS preferences by logging in to their Ulink. Parents, or anyone they want to know the school is under a situation can be added to receive the notification as well.
Pons tells NEWS15, messages sent through the ENS can only be 140 characters, and UL also operates under the governmental active-shooter ready training slogan, “hide, run, fight. With the hope that any situation is dissolved, and all students and faculty are safe before having to result to physical protection.
The university runs a test of their emergency notification system once a semester without warning to make sure it works properly.